Joe Soptic lost his wife to cancer. I felt bad for him.
Now I don’t.
Maybe I am wrong for saying so, but I really don’t feel much sympathy for him anymore.
The only person I feel sorry for in all of this mess is his wife.
Cancer is an ugly thing, and it takes the lives of far too many people. The difference between Soptic and other survivors of those lost to that horrible condition is that they don’t run around blaming others for the sum of all of their woes, much less specific people.
In what represents a new low in modern American politics, the Obama campaign has coordinated with one of its super-PACs to create one of the most heinous pieces of propaganda that I have ever personally witnessed.
In most circles (even most liberal circles) this ad has been rightfully scorned. But even within the past hour, I witnessed Donna Gentile O’Donnell, advisor to Democrat Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, actually come out to defend the ad, saying that it was appropriate and did not cross a line.
What’s worse is that I couldn’t tell if she was lying, or if she really believed what she said.
Either way, it is a sad indictment of the current state of American politics that anyone like her could come anywhere near a position of political power.
I’d feel a lot more sympathetic to Soptic being used as a tool for people like O’Donnell and Stephanie Cutter (Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager, and coordinator of these attack ads), except that he is a completely willing tool. A tool in every sense of the word.
Instead of condemning Mitt Romney and blaming him for the death of his wife, Soptic ought to be out singing Romney’s praises. The steel mill where Soptic worked was in a death spiral, and set to close down, when Bain Capital purchased a controlling interest in it. If anything, Romney provided Soptic with several years of employment that he otherwise would not have had.
Romney had stepped down from an active role in Bain Capital a full two years before GST issued layoffs and closed that mill, and a full seven years before Soptic’s wife became ill and was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Ironically, since Romney’s departure, Bain has been run by Obama bundlers and supporters of the very people currently using Soptic for their own political gain.
And what of Soptic’s union? When Soptic was layed-off, did they not have any responsibility to him? Or, were they just interested in him when he was still able to pay union dues?
This whole episode is just disgusting, and it shows how filthy and low Obama and the Democrats really are.
So much for “Hope and Change”.